WHL re­duces games

League cites travel, bal­anced sched­ule, aca­demics for change

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - SPORTS - DAILY HER­ALD STAFF

Start­ing next sea­son, Western Hockey League teams will re­duce their sched­ules from 72 to 68 reg­u­lar sea­son games.

The league made the an­nounce­ment Thurs­day af­ter its board of gov­er­nors fi­nal­ized the change on Wed­nes­day.

“By re­duc­ing our WHL Reg­u­lar Sea­son sched­ule, I be­lieve this fur­ther demon­strates our WHL club com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing our play­ers with the best pos­si­ble en­vi­ron­ment to de­velop, both as hockey play­ers and student ath­letes,” league com­mis­sioner Ron Ro­bi­son said.

Teams in the ju­nior hockey league have played 72-game reg­u­lar sea­sons since the 1975-76 sea­son.

The league cited travel re­duc­tion, bal­anc­ing sched­ules and boost­ing play­ers’ train­ing and aca­demics as rea­sons for the change.

Teams in the On­tario Hockey League and the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League, both of which fall un­der the Cana­dian Hockey League with the WHL, al­ready play 68-game reg­u­lar sea­sons.

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